Innovation Seed Fund
A robust innovation seed fund program for energy research gives UC Berkeley researchers the opportunity to pursue cutting-edge, exploratory work — to bring our leading researchers together across disciplines, academic departments, and schools to promote breakthrough science and generate high payoffs. Seed funding is a critical “bridge” for many research teams, providing time to pursue ideas, establish a track record, and secure substantial long-term funding.
In 2011/12 the Philomathia seed fund award supported researchers evaluating the efficacy of residential energy-efficiency programs in the United States (learn more). The 2012/13 award supported researchers working on energy challenges confronting unelectrified rural communities in Kenya (learn more); and the 2013/14 awardees completed work on projecting wildfire events as a result of a rapidly warming climate in the western United States (learn more).